Kanpur Test: Ashwin, Jadeja shine in India’s 1-0 lead vs NZ
Chasing a target of 434 runs, the Kiwis bundle out for 246 runs on the last of the match succumbing to the guile of Indian spinner. Luke Ronchi was the only player to stand up to the falling attack of India and scored attacking 80 runs.
Kanpur: R. Ashwin’s 10-wicket match haul and Ravindra Jadeja’s heroics helped India taking !-0 lead in the three-Test cricket match series against New Zealand. Succumbing to the Off Break of Ashwin and left arm of Jadeja who shared 16 wickets in the match between them , New Zealand handed a formidable win to the hosts by 197 runs in the historic 500th Test match of India at the Green Park here on Monday.
Resuming the Day 5 on 93/4, Black Caps started well with Ronchi (80) and Santer (71) registering hundred runs partnership but their departure scoring runs for their side. It was a listless resistance from the lower order which saw NZ all-out at 236 runs.
Ashwin came up hard against Kiwis in their 2ndinnings claiming six wickets. Jadeja bagged one wicket. Shami, showing signs of reverse swing, claimed a couple of wickets to complete the demolition.
After that NZ faced a sudden collapse with Watling (18), Craig (1), Sodhi (17), Boult (2) and Wagner (0) going back to pavilion.
Jadeja, who picked six wickets in the match and scored 92 runs, is adjudged Man of the Match.
Records made in the historic 500th Test match:
- It is India’s third biggest win over New Zealand.
- It was Ashwin’s 19thfive-wicket haul.
- Ashwin also equaled Harbhajan Singh’s record claiming five-ten wicket hauls. Anil Kumble tops the list with eight 10-wicket hauls.
- Virat Kohli equaled MS Dhoni playing most consecutive Tests without defeat for an Indian skipper.